First Four Friendlies Announced

Last updated : 18 May 2017 By Rob Miles (BarnsleyBoy)

Barnsley have started their preparations for the 2017-2018 season by announcing their first four friendly matches.

The Reds will first travel to National League side AFC Guiseley who they defeated 2-0 last summer on Tuesday 11th July (7:30pm), before travelling to League Two outfit Grimsby Town three days later (3pm)

The Reds first outing at Oakwell comes on Tuesday 18th July (7:45pm) when they entertain the successors to their Football League Trophy crown, Coventry City, who were relegated to League Two this season under the stewardship of former Barnsley boss Mark Robins.

Finally the fourth fixture sees them meet another former occupant of the Oakwell hot-seat when they travel to Keith Hill’s Rochdale on Tuesday 25th July (7:30pm)

Further fixtures will be announced in due course.

Most recent meetings:

12/07/2016 Guiseley 0-2 Barnsley (James Carvell 22, Stefan Payne 53) (Friendly)

Guiseley finished 2016-2017 in 20th place in the National League.

They lost their first seven games of the season and escaped relegation to the sixth tier of English football by just a single point.

28/02/2004 Grimsby (Phil Jevons 23, 31, pen 55, 75, Craig Armstrong 27, Isaiah Rankin 41) 6-1 Barnsley (Daniel Nardiello 47) (Division Two)

Grimsby finished 2016-2017 in 14th place in League Two

Phil Jevons is the last opposition player to score four times against Barnsley in a single match.

01/03/2016 Barnsley (Marc Roberts 10, Ashley Fletcher 60) 2-0 Coventry (League One)

Coventry finished 2016-2017 in 23rd place in League One and will be playing in the third tier of English football for the first time in 53 years.

The last time Coventry defeated Barnsley (November 2015), two of their goal-scorers spent the 2016-2017 season with Barnsley – Adam Armstrong and Ryan Kent.

23/01/2016 Barnsley (Alfie Mawson 8, Sam Winnall 52, 69, 89, Marley Watkins 84, Kevin Long 90) 6-1 Barnsley (Nathaniel Mendez-Laing 65) (League One)

Rochdale finished 2016-2017 in 9th place in League One

The Reds 6-1 victory was their joint biggest ever winning margin against Rochdale (also 5-0 in 2014-2015 & 1965-1966)